H. F. Maltby

Henry Francis Maltby (25 November 1880 – 25 October 1963) was a prolific writer for the London stage and British cinema from after the First World War, until the 1950s. He also appeared in many films. Maltby was born in Ceres, South Africa. He was married twice, to Billie Joyce and Norah M. Pickering. Maltby served in France, as a bombardier. On his return to Britain, Maltby wrote and performed in many plays for the West End theatre, some achieving success and transferring to Broadway. He wrote The Rotters in 1915, but it took nearly a year to get it to the provincial stage. The play was a success and transferred to the Garrick Theatre in the West End, playing for 86 performances and toured for the next decade, also being made into a film. The theme is satirical, dealing with a dysfunctional family and their minor 'sins' revolving around the father's obsessive respectability. The play received a drubbing from The Times but was popular with audiences. He also wrote an all-woman farce, Petticoats with women taking over the state (with the men away at war).

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